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ERPA's, Why Obtain an APA/APR Designation?

Posted By NIPA Headquarters, Monday, June 02, 2014

By: Kimberly Martin, APA, CPC, QPA, Education Director, NIP

Congratulations ERPAs! Because of your dedication to the retirement plan industry – and just plain hard work – you have earned the ERPA designation! NIPA recognizes that the knowledge and skills required to become an ERPA are extensive, and much of this same competency is required to obtain NIPA’s APA and APR designations. Because of the overlap of material covered on the ERPA exams and NIPA’s APA/APR exams, NIPA offers you two special opportunities for obtaining the APA/APR designations.

NIPA’s best-in-class designations are an integral part of NIPA’s commitment to advancing your unique value as a TPA. Obtaining NIPA’s APA or APR designation is a cost-effective way to further distinguish yourself in the marketplace and stand apart from your peers.

From a company perspective, having qualified staff with an APA or APR designation reflects the firm’s commitment to providing quality service. A TPA firm with designated staff increases the firm’s professional credibility, makes the firm more marketable, and sets the firm apart from the competition.   

Recognizing the knowledge and effort necessary to obtain the ERPA and other industry designations, NIPA has made obtaining your NIPA designation simpler. As an ERPA you automatically qualify for the APR designation upon joining NIPA, and you are eligible to obtain the APA designation by joining NIPA and taking a single open-book comprehensive exam.  

In addition, courses completed at other educational institutions could be used toward earning your APA/APR designations. Check out NIPA’s Exam Equivalencies to see the credit NIPA extends for successfully completing other industry courses. 

Best of all, having the APA or APR designation also means experiencing all the other benefits of NIPA membership. View the full list of member benefits at

Interested? Contact NIPA Headquarters for more information on how you can strengthen your personal and professional value with NIPA’s APA and APR designations!

And congratulations on earning your ERPA designation!

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